Saturday, August 19, 2017

Adulting: Tips & Tricks

Hello beautiful people!! I have been absent for a VERY extended period of time and to be honest a lot has happened in the past month. As you all know I started my first job, which has been one wild ride, but I am so excited to see where this journey takes me. I feel like I have learned more about the real world in the past few weeks than I have in my entire educational career. Not everyday is perfect, but being an adult isn't as scary as it seems :)

Now I know some of you are going to disagree with me and that is totally ok! I am hopeful for this chapter of my life and I want stay as to stay as positive as possible. I read this thing the other day that said being adult is the equivalent of folding a fitted sheet...that made me laugh because it does have some truth to it. Sometimes I feel clueless about certain things, but this is what helps me grow the most. Life is a journey and I am ready to face it head on.  

Obviously I am no expert on the whole adulting thing. I haven't even been out of college for a year! I am a rookie, but I definitely feel I can share some of my tips to adulting. These things are what I have learned during my first month of the real world. If you are just out of college like me and need some guidance I am here to help! 

T I P #1 - Don't Stress 

This is something that has been extremely difficult for me. I get stressed very easily because I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well and there is no reason for that! I know it is hard to balance having a full time job, working out, keeping a social life and having a moment to yourself, but it is possible. Take things one day at a time. Accomplish what you can and try your best. No one can fault you for that. 

T I P #2 - Make a Budget Sheet

My Dad has been super helpful when it comes to the logistics of being an adult. He has helped me with everything from buying a car to figuring out my insurance. I can't thank him enough for his love and support. One thing he has taught me is to be very careful with money. It is great to have an income, but it is important not to spend recklessly. I have been guilty of this before, so I definitely needed some guidance. He made me read this financial book and as boring as it sounds, it was actually really helpful. From the book I learned how to build a budget sheet. It doesn't have to be super fancy either! Just type in your expenses every month and subtract it from your income. If you aren't Excel savvy then there are a ton of free budget downloads on Pinterest. Check them out and start being smart with your money. 

T I P #3 - Write Out Goals

Goals are important for every aspect of your life. It is crucial to have work related goals, but also personal ones that relate to your mental and physical health. Normally, HR and your managers will help you with your work goals, but if not make your own!! Don't just go to work everyday for the paycheck. Make a positive impact on the company and love what you do. As for personal goals, think of areas you can improve on. For instance, mine would be to adapt a healthier diet. It is easy for me to grab junk because it is convenient, but I find it makes me slow and sluggish at work. I am hoping to eat more fruits and veggies, so I can stay focused during the day. 

T I P #4 - Treat Yourself 

This probably seems a little backwards especially because I just told you to be smart with your money! When I say treat yourself I mean with your time. It is easy to get caught up with work and pleasing those around you like your family and friends. Don't let any second just slip away. Make sure to take time out of your day for yourself. Do something you love or take time to learn a new skill. If I am feeling overwhelmed I will go for a walk after work to clear my head. I would also love to learn how to play the ukulele so that is something I would like to take time to do. What is something you can do for yourself each day?!

TIP #5 - Count Your Blessings 

Sometimes it can be hard to see the big picture. One thing that has been difficult for me is seeing all my friends go back to college. They seem to be careless and have so much more freedom, but that just isn't true. Just because you aren't going back to college doesn't mean life isn't any less of a good time. Life is just getting started for us recent college grads! Be excited for what is to come and don't live in the past. Look towards the future and be thankful that you are now an adult. 

Those were a few of my tips to survive the first few months of adulting. I am sure I will learn things in the months to come and would love to add to the list at some point. If you are in the same boat I would love to hear some of your tips down below. I promise I will try to update at least once a week going forward!!

Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!

Morgan xx


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